Raise your hand if you need a little good news today.
Raise your other hand if you need a little good news every day.
Hopefully, right now, you look like Jocy.
Well, get ready to celebrate because you can get a little good news on any given day by following this very easy two-step process:
- Go to cure.org/curekids.
That’s it. Really.
Here’s the thing: We scroll through a thousand things every day. A deluge of emails. An increasingly divisive stream of social media posts. Mindless surfing of a website or twenty. Those aren’t bad things, they just aren’t really all that life-giving most of the time.
CUREkids is the opposite of that. It’s internet scrolling you can feel good about, every single time.
It probably sounds too good to be true, which is why I decided to write this post and include the actual kids and actual updates that made my week so much nicer than it would have been otherwise.
I laughed out loud when I read the update of Samantha’s pre-surgery hospital orientation and learned that she, like me, places a high value on snacks.
“She had some snacks in her lap and when Ella talked about fasting after midnight, she pulled them close. She wasn’t taking any chance of losing them before her cutoff time!”
I understand, Samantha. I understand.
Justine wanted to “show us how his leg has healed before they work on his other one.”
This is the point at which I realized that Justine, at eight years old, already has a better handle on good attitudes and forward progress than I do at 30. Maybe someday I’ll grow up to be like him.
Promise. I can’t even kind of handle this kid and his determination to get this wheelchair unstuck.
I asked our CUREkids Coordinators in Kenya if he ever did manage to get it unstuck, and they said eventually, he considered it a lost cause. We’ve all been there, man.
Sometimes, a story makes you feel all of the things.
“‘There is nothing he wants more than to go to school,’ Jean Baptiste’s mother tells us. ‘When the other children are leaving in the morning, he will follow them, but the school is a long way away, and he cannot make that walk with the way his leg is. He always has to come home.'”
On a related note, I love that CUREkids updates are real. Recovery is often a long and painful process, and there’s no sugarcoating that. And yet, the hard parts are usually accompanied by continual perseverance and even a little joy. Pearson is such a good example of that. If you want a reason to keep on keepin’ on, go to his profile and scroll through all of his updates. He is a champion, fighting through setbacks with a smile.
“Pearson was feeling miserable this morning, but then they gave him an injection to help with the pain and he’s feeling a lot better, smiling and waving for the camera!”
I could keep going, but I’m going to make myself stop here and encourage you to go check out these updates for yourself. Not actually these specific updates—I mean, you can if you want to, but the beautiful thing about CUREkids is that new updates are posted all the time. By the time this post is published, there will already be a new round of updates and a bunch of new kids to meet.
So maybe today, if you start to feel weighed down by the internet and the things you’re scrolling through, give CUREkids a try. Hopefully, it will become as much of a good thing for you as it has for me.